Who had the best facial hair in the Civil War?

Smithsonian magazine is asking. They nominate 25 splendidly hirsute Civil War-era contestants and ask readers to vote for the gentleman with the best facial hair. It’s hard to pick just one. I do enjoy the extended sideburn styles, but the ZZ Top long styles and the full, rounded approach are also magnificent.

So far my top three are Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart, Union general Christopher C. Augur, and Union general John McAllister Schofield.

Pardon the flippant and abbreviated entry. Sleepy Sunday news, donchaknow. History news, anyway. The opposite of sleepy in current events.

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Comment by edahstip
2011-05-01 23:45:57

It’s kind of like looking at facial hair is your super power now. :yes:

 
Comment by Mr. Murphy in VA
2011-05-02 21:18:34

You have the good old gas mask to thank for the disappearance of facial hair. And don’t forget our friend the louse–the reason what close-cut hair is the fashion statement of the modern military.

 
Comment by Michael Morrison
2014-11-24 16:23:23

That, and the enemy cannot grab onto your hair either, if it ever came to hand-to-hand combat.

 
Comment by cliff
2017-05-30 21:13:22

Great stuff! Ever wondered, though, if there was an actual difference between the two sides? Here’s an analysis:

http://totallyrandomgarbage.blogspot.com/2017/05/civil-war-facial-hair-who-wears-it-best.html

 
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